On July 31st, the OBHS will be hosting virtually its annual Emancipation Day celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act.
August 1, 1834, marks the day in which the practice of the enslavement of African peoples in all British colonies came to an end. Through the tireless efforts of both the enslaved and free status Africans, as well as Black and white abolitionists, emancipation finally became a reality.
This evening features keynote speaker Itah Sadu, award-winning author, storyteller and owner of A Different Booklist,Cultural Centre. New this year is a special virtual tour of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. Join us as Steven Cook, manager of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, showcases this Black History Museum located in Dresden, ON. As we reflect on the current COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism protests, we will speak with JCA President Adaoma Patterson on pandemic responses for the Black community, and Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Pascale Diverlus.
Hosted by Femi Lawson, guests will also hear a greeting from OBHS President Natasha Henry, enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Warren Ford and view a musical performance by Khari Wendell McClelland.